Try to get your application in as early as possible!
Once you have successfully submitted your application for a J1 Visa Programme the process of gaining the legal sponsorship begins.
There are various stages to this - each is extremely important. Please note that at all times we must adhere to US government regulations governing the programme.
Please make sure you read all the information on this page to avoid delays and confusion during the application process.
As well as completing the online application, you will also need to upload some supporting documents - including Proof of Univeristy Status, Passport ID page.
Those with a Download link should be downloaded from this page before you start your appication
Once you have completed these you will need to upload them to the relevant parts of your online account
*You will need to upload the Fees Disclosure to the DOCUMENTS section at the bottom of our account page
*This can be completed, signed and stamped by any member of staff at your university
This additional document is required for all unpaid internships and any internships with a salary of less than $1500/ month. Please check your online training plan to see if this applies to you.
You will need to upload a profile picture to the top of your online account.
This must be of yourself and not include any other people.
To do this, please click on the grey profile picture box at the top of your BEACON application - you will then be able to upload a suitable picture.
Please make sure this image is less than 1mb in size
If you are planning on undertaking an internship at more than one Host Company during your time in the US there is a slightly different process for your application.
▪ Your 1st Host Company will need to complete the online DS-7002 - you will need to invite them to do this via your online account.
▪ Your Second Host Company will need to complete and sign off on a PDF version of the DS-7002 - you can download this below
▪ Once they have completed and signed this they must send to you so you can complete all relevant sections.
▪ You must then also sign this form!
▪ You'll need to upload this to the "Documents" section of your online application
Please note: For split internships please leave the Program End date on your online Training Plan BLANK. You will need to tell us this date when you have uploaded the PDF Training Plan for your second host by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
It is VITAL you email our team at email@example.com to let us know when you have uploaded your 2nd Training Plan. Until you do we will not be able to review your application.
Once you have logged into your online account you will see a blue button marked Training Plan.
This will take you to your online training plan.
Scroll Down to the Section marked MAIN SUPERVISOR/ POC and click the blue INVITE button.
Enter your Supervisor details and hit the SEND INVITATION button
You can then return to your part of the application!
Once both the online DS-7002 AND your part of the application has been completed we will be able to start the process for you.
As part of this our colleagues in the USA will liaise with your US Host Organisation to verify the details and get legal approval.
*YOU SHOULD ALLOW AT LEAST 6 WEEKS FOR THIS PROCESS*
Once your application has been approved, your legal documents will be sent to us and we in turn will send them on to you via 1st class post.
At that point you will be able to book and attend your face to face interview at the US Embassy or consulate
*Shipment to international addresses may take longer and will be subject to additional fees. See How Much Does it Cost for information
Don't forget your Supporting Documents!
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